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Throwback Thursday Feature Refresh!

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In this week’s Throwback Thursday Feature Refresh we highlight being able Notes in the calendar!

This feature has been out for a while, but some people forget about it or are too new to not even know how to use it. The notes feature can be useful for saying the manager will be out of town, or the store will be closing early, or maybe just a reminder to prep for the party that day! There are so many different ways you could use this feature to your advantage. Oh, and you may be thinking that you don’t want all of your customers to know these notes, well you don’t have to worry. These Notes don’t show up on your actual calendar! It’s just for you and your employees! With that being said, here is how you create a note in the calendar…

  1. Start by going to your calendar on your PlaceFull accountred.jpg
  2. Next click on either the day you want the note (In this it’s the 10th) or the “Add Note” button on the right side.calen.jpg
  3. Next, a screen like this will come up. Make sure “Add Note” is selected on the top, NOT “Block off time”. From here you can pick the day, the time, and write the actual note. Then click “Save” and you’re done!Note.jpg


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Throwback Thursday Feature Refresh!

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In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we highlight the Categories feature!

This feature has been out for quite some time, but it seems that only a fraction of our merchants are using it. It could really help parents who are looking for events focused around kids, or for adults looking for a date night and they want to narrow the search down to just adult activities. If you want a video and steps to help you set categories up, hit this link or follow the directions below.

Otherwise here are some simple steps to get you headed in the right direction!

  1. Start on your PlaceFull Dashboard.
  2. Click on the “Manage” tab in the menu. Then click on the “Category” tab. Cat
  3. Next, click on the green “Add new Category” button.egg.jpg
  4. Add the category name, existing listings it goes to, and a brief description. Then hit “Save”.Orrrrr
  5. You just created a new category.
  6. Here is a link to a video if you’re still confused heres a video.

Another way to create categories is if you follow these steps below:

  1. Make sure you are on PlaceFull’s website on your listings page.
  2. To start, you must be in “edit” mode of a listing.
  3. Then, hit the top middle edit button.
  4. Next click “Add a new category here” preferably on the “here”.
  5. This will take you to another tab where you can add a category name, valid listings, and a brief description. Once done with that hit “save” and go back to the original tab.
  6. From here exit the edit screen and open it again and the new category should be in there if you added it to this specific listing.
  7. If not, click on the category search bar and locate your category and add it to the listing.
  8. Make sure to save it by clicking on the green “Save” button!
  9. Here is a link to a video if you are still confused watch this video to!

To Add a Listing to a category:

  1. First, go to the listing.
  2. Click on green “Edit” circle.list.jpg
  3. Then, under the “Category” section click the category/s that you want this listing to go into. Hit “Save” and you are done.ings.jpg

 

Come back next week for another Throwback Thursday Blog Post!

 


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Top Apps for Artists 2018

Newest smartphone technology has given us the ability to have the world at our fingertips.  With HD display and powerful cameras, iPhone has given a platform for artists to connect with one another through their passions.  Digital art has become a huge trend and provides the ability for artists to take what they love on the go. Feeling inspired while outside of the studio? Wanting to capture a moment on vacation but don’t have the tools to do so?  Bring your creativity to life through these apps… and then back to your studio!

Tayasui Sketches App

Price: FREE

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Where to Download: App store

Tayasui is a drawing & painting app with a long list of tools and features for any digital artist.  Some of these tools include felt pen, oil pastel, watercolor, and acrylic brushes. This app is also compatible with the iPad for those who prefer a different platform.  A pro version of the app sells for $5.99 and includes even more tools and add-ons.

App Store Rating: 4.5/5

Paper byFiftyThree

Price: FREE

Where to Download: App Store

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With over 25 million users, “Paper by FiftyThree” is one of the worlds largest sketching apps and it has helped many find their own creative space within the app.  Auto-correction makes it easy to draw clean straight lines while at the same time giving the artist freedom.  Great for on the go art and provides a simple user interface! If you want an upgrade from the free version, PaperPro goes for 6.99 for 6 months.

App Store Rating: 4.5/5

Sketch Club App

Price: 2.99

Where to Download: App Store

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The Sketch Club App lets you draw and paint while sharing what you create with a whole community within the app.  Bringing artistic and creative people together all over the world, the Sketch Club App is great for those wanting a more social drawing and painting experience.

App store rating: 4.9/5

Adobe Photoshop Sketch

Price: FREE

Where to Download: App Store

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Adobe Photoshop Sketch gives users the ability to choose from over 24 brushes, this app is essentially Photoshops brush feature in app form.  This app also lets users share their drawing process with an automated time-lapse video feature.

 

App Store Rating: 4.8/5

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Bowling Industry Trends 2018

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How To Excel in The Bowling Industry (When You Don’t Own a Talking Bowling Pin)

by Cory Cravalho


Did you know that more than 10 million children in the US each year choose to have a birthday party at their local bowling center? This makes the industry the top party destination for kids aged 12 and younger. Even in 2018, there is huge potential for the Bowling Industry to achieve profitability.  In order to do this, however, Centers must adapt to emerging trends and appeal to multiple generations.

Take a Look at the Top Bowling Center Trends of 2018 & Some Tips on How to Grow Your Center!

arcade.jpg#1. Bowling Centers Are Now Offering More Than Just Bowling

These days, bowling alleys must consider combining other activities such as game rooms, Virtual Reality, or Laser Tag into their business model.  These activities will encourage customers to stick around longer and increase revenue, as well as customer engagement!  Implementing additional activities on top of bowling has been boosting revenues for centers all across the country.

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#2. Competitors Have Adjusted Their Programs to Entice Millennials/Generation Z

Throughout the history of bowling, league play has contributed a huge amount to the success of the industry.  While League play is still key in order to be successful, younger generations, whom you should be tailoring your bowling alleys to, enjoy more social outings when visiting.  Bowling Centers must adjust to this and create a product that appeals to younger customers as well as older generations.

 

southihii#3.  Technology is Taking Over

Up to date technology is almost a necessity in order to keep your bowling center profitable.  There are a number of ways to keep up with technological trends of the industry.  Here are some many centers have adapted.

  • Auto Scoring Systems – Modern auto scoring speeds up the pace of play and allows for customers to not worry about anything besides enjoying your alley.
  • Debit/Credit Card system – Cash only is a thing of the past and all bowling centers should adapt technology in order to accept multiple forms of payment.

Online Booking – Put the power in the hands of your customers and allow them to book parties and lanes online before leaving the house.  This will save customers time and make it easier for employee’s at your center as well.  PlaceFull is a great place to start!  Sign up for a free demo today!

 

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Merchant Spotlight – South Boston Candlepins

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South Boston Candlepins has been a family run bowling alley for over 20 years, and those who walk through their doors love the fun and nostalgic environment South Boston provides. While many bowling alleys have moved to the more common tenpin bowling, South Boston has stayed true to its roots, and customers flock to them for parties and events because of this. To keep up with this demand, South Boston Candlepins has utilized PlaceFull’s online reservation system. PlaceFull gives them the ability to stay on top of bookings for parties, events and more.

SBBBETTERUpping Their Customer Service Game

South Bowl Candlepins began using PlaceFull almost nine months ago, and the business has seen remarkable results.  Owner of South Bowl Candlepins, John says  PlaceFull “allows us to interact with the community, allowing people to book their bowling ahead of time.” They have seen an increase in the number of bookings for their parties and events, and especially love the ability to integrate booking within their social media. PlaceFull’s booking software gives customers the flexibility of booking on their time, which allows for less time spent on the phone and more time spent with their customers.

Easy Social Media Integration

PlaceFull incorporates social media integration, something South Boston Bowling has found to be huge advantage and put them above and beyond their competiton. Booking options are available directly on South Boston’s Facebook page, which allows customers to book all of the events and parties they want on a variety of platforms, hassle-free. SBB Qute AGainIn fact, posting and integrating social media platforms has  been proven to increase the amount of events and parties booked by customers. Just ask John! He says that since South Bowl integrated their facebook with PlaceFull, the alley has seen the increase in bookings for themselves!

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South Boston Candlepins is a great example of how PlaceFull works with bowling centers all over the country. They found it hard to create a clean and easy to use website that made navigating simple. Luckily, PlaceFull rebuilt South Boston’s website, making it easy for customers to get exactly where they want and enjoy the experience while they do it. At PlaceFull, we understand that the customer service provided by bowling centers is a huge component of their business so we have made it a huge part of ours as well. John says, “everyone who works on our account has been great to work with and have helped do exactly what they told us they would do.” With round the clock support from real people, PlaceFull always want to make sure our products line-up seamlessly with the mission of our customers.

Visit PlaceFull today for more information, or give us a call at (206) 624 – 0295!


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FEATURE RELEASE: Printable Booking Details, Repeatable Notes on PlaceFull Calendar, List-View Description

Our latest feature release is here. We are excited to help you get all you can out of PlaceFull – check out the NEW and awesome additions we have in store for you below!

Printable Booking Details – Make Staff More Efficient 

The NEW printable booking details feature gives merchants the ability to have all the important information of their next booking in their hands. Basic information like; date of the booking, name of the person who booked, and how many people are scheduled to be at the booking are all in your grasp, not your computer screen.

Does your business ask extra questions to further enhance the experience of a party or event at the time of booking? If that is the case, all responses to questions and special requests, are printable. Or does your business offer add-ons to your listings? Add-ons and the amount ordered during the booking process are printable with this NEW feature, as well. With information easily accessible, merchants will be able to cater to the needs of individuals easier.

Repeatable Notes on the Calendar – Save You Time

The NEW repeating notes are here to save you time. Merchants can now add notes to the same days every week. Adding a start date and an end date will allow you to extend those notes for as long as you like.

Merchants can offer buy one get one half off deals every Tuesday and Thursday with no hassle to remember to extend that on your calendar. Special events or deals that happen every week will be easier to add, edit, and delete. Set it and forget it.

List-View Description – Enhance Your Customer Search Process

This NEW list-view description feature allows potential customers to read about your available classes or event before ever clicking on the listing. Merchants can give a small detail, or a tag line to hook customers looking at their listings. This feature offers an opportunity to catch the eye of everyone looking at your booking list!

Any questions about the new features? Feel free to give us a call at (206)624-0295 with any comments or concerns, we’d love to help you out as always!

The PlaceFull Team


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It’s Official – PlaceFull & Color Me Mine Partner!

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Now Announcing – PlaceFull and Color Me Mine have officially partnered! As a leader in the online booking space, PlaceFull is thrilled to provide the Color Me Mine franchise with the solution they’ve been searching for. Franchiee owners nation wide can expect to save more time and money with PlaceFull by their side. Ultimately, the new partnership presents many exciting opportunities for both companies to grow and reach new heights.

Check out the news story here to get the full scoop!